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Luzia Sobral: driver left prejudice aside and transports thousands of citizens daily on road no. 100

Born in Catete (municipality of Icolo and Bengo), Luzia Sobral decided to put aside the prejudice that only men can be drivers and is one of four professionals who drive in the capital working for the Urban Public Transport Company of Luanda. Driving on Estrada Nacional nº 100/south, the driver says she is not afraid of driving there, "despite it being a narrow road, with deep ravines along the sides and frequent accidents".

: Bráulio Pedro/Angop
Bráulio Pedro/Angop  

Luzia Sobral's day starts at dawn. It's around 3am that she leaves the house to go to work. According to Angop, an hour and a half later (around 4:30 am), Luzia arrives at the company's base, in Viana, where she prepares everything she needs, thus starting another day behind the wheel.

The journey begins on the Viana-Benfica route, followed by the Benfica-Ramiros section. During her long day – which ends around 7pm, when Luzia concludes her operation for the day on the Benfica-Viana route, before parking her bus –, the driver transports thousands of citizens along Estrada Nacional no. 100/south.

Luzia says she is not afraid of driving on that road: "I'm not afraid of driving on Estrada Nacional 100/south, despite it being a narrow road, with deep ravines along the sides and having frequent accidents", said the driver who, in statements to Angop, added that he pays attention to the way he drives, avoiding overtaking in a risky manner.

Until then, Luzia was steering the bus on the Estrada de Catete-Estalagem route, a route she left four months ago and now runs along Estrada Nacional 100.

You deal with several passengers every day and, sometimes, interactions are less good. "Despite some lack of respect on the part of some citizens, I remember the day that a group of moms got on the bus and started singing praises when they realized that a woman was driving the bus on that road", she revealed, in statements to Angop.

But how did Luzia Sobral get into the world of driving? It all started in 2009, the year she joined the company as a collector. Later, the company promoted a course for T1 drivers for heavy vehicles and SP for passenger transport, with Luzia attending said training.

Luzia Sobral, who dreams of being an interprovincial driver, also says that what motivates her most is "seeing other women motivated to face the challenge of acting" in a sector mainly aimed at men: "What encourages me most when carrying out the activity is seeing other women motivated to face the challenge of working in a field considered exclusive to men".

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